The Scripture lessons for July 24, 2016 were Genesis 18:20-33; Colossians 2:6-15; and Luke 11:1-13. Pastor Krause entitled his message “Keep Praying.” For me the line or sentence that best summarized Pastor Krause message was when he said: “God always answers prayer. God gives us what we ask for Or He gives us something BETTER” (italics and capitalizations are mine). Continue reading “Sermon Reflections – July 24, 2016”
The Scripture lessons for 7/17/2016 were Genesis 18:1-15; Colossians 1:21-29; and Luke 10:38-42. Pastor Roskowic entitled his message “Seek the LORD’s Face.” What I heard or caught from Pastor Roskowic’s message was we need to be wary of distractions and to whole-heartedly seek the Lord’s face. Continue reading “Sermon Reflections – July 17, 2016”
The Scripture lessons for 7/10/2016 were Leviticus 18:1-5, 19:9-18; Colossians 1:1-14; and Luke 10:25-37 and the title of Pastor Krause’s sermon was “God Makes Us Worthy, so that We Can Walk Worthy.”
Pastor Krause’s title reminds me of a book written by Martin Marty, a well-known Lutheran pastor and church historian. Marty’s book is Being Good, Doing Good and is based upon Matthew 7:16-20 where Jesus tells us that “a good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” In his book Marty explains that God first makes us good through the death and resurrection of Jesus and through His indwelling through His Spirit. It is as His new and good creation that we can and do bear good fruit (2 Corinthians 5:17). Continue reading “Sermon Reflections – July 10, 2016”
Pastor Woita delivered the sermon on July 3 rd and his sermon text was the gospel lesson for the day—Luke 10:1-20.
In this text Jesus commissions and sends out seventy-two of His disciples on a mission. Pastor Woita prefers to call it a “mission adventure” rather than a “mission assignment.” He believes if we see it as an “adventure,” it is much more appealing than if we see it as getting an “assignment.” Continue reading “Sermon Reflection – July 3, 2016”